I am a counsellor with over 12 years of experience, I work with children, young people couples and families. I also work with groups and organisations.
Clients come to counselling for various reasons: depression, bereavement, anxiety, intimacy concerns, trauma and abuse and all the other every day challenges that we are faced with.
We can be in a rut and are used to repeating the same patterns of behaviour that just aren’t useful. I aim to provide a safe and secure environment that enables us to explore and help make sense of the difficulties and worries that you and your family are going through. There is a sense of uncertainty trying something different and that can be unsettling.
Whilst the focus is on positive change it is usually important to think about past events and their impact on the present and the future.
We are all different and the hope is to be aware of our differences and accept that and it is OK. What we want to try and achieve is a better understanding and learn how to be sensitive in how we relate and communicate with each other and to nurture change, development and move forward.
There is no blame and the sessions helps those in a close relationship to help each other through exploring, expressing difficult thoughts and emotions but safely. It builds on strengths and values and appreciates each other’s needs and values.
I am mindful to take into consideration each person’s needs and art and play can be used.
The sessions can be emotionally tiring, it can be hard to hear what others say about us and sometimes you may not even want to come back. I will hope to help you be brave and vulnerable and to make positive changes for the future. I will not take sides and am able to manage the sometimes challenging and confrontation within the family.
With all this in mind and deciding on the right counsellor, it can be daunting, for this reason, I offer a free 20 minute consultation. This can be face to face or by phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work part time at the practise in Hertford and for Relate as a relationship counsellor. I have worked with secondary schools in London boroughs supporting young people where there has been self-harm, anorexia and low self-esteem.
I also work part time at a primary school in a London borough supporting children, young people and families where there are complex needs, including interventions from social care, foster children, trauma, abuse, school refusers, absent parents and families on a Child Protection Plan.
2007-2008 City & Islington College, London. Level 2, Counselling Skills
2008-2009 Barking College, Romford. Advanced Certificate in Counselling
2009-2011 City & Islington College, London. Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
2013-2015 Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London. Postgraduate Diploma – Applied Systemic Theory
I am a Member of:
BACP ( Accredited) (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
AFT (Association of Family Therapy)
I am on the Relate Register for counsellors
I am also a Triple P facilitator (parenting programme)
I am a Parentgym coach
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£60 for a 50 minute individual session.
£80 for a 50 minute relationship session.
£90 for 1 hour - family session.
I have sessions during the day on a Monday evening,Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.
If coming to Hertford is difficult, then please ask about sessions in the family home.